Introduction: Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet)

Turn your old Credit-Cards (or any plastic card) into a nice little flower box to grow your own mini flowers in.

These are sure to lighten up your fridge, office desk or any other drab place that needs a little of nature's creations to lighten it up.

Step 1: What You Will Need

Credit-Card (or similar)
Masking Tape
Sticky Tape
Magnet
Ruler
Scissors or Stanly Knife
Colouring pen/pencil (orange was the colour I chose)
Permanant Marker

Step 2: Mark Where You'll Fold

Using the Permanent Marker, make a line running across each side of your old credit-card.
The lines have to be 17mm away from each edge.

Step 3: Cut Off the Edges

Now take either your Scissors or Stanley Knife (depending on what you chose to use) and cut off all of the 4 corners.

You will not need the 4 corner pieces so can throw them away.

Step 4: Fold the Flaps Up

Fold each of the flaps up, so that they are pointing towards the sky.

If you find that you have trouble bending any of the flaps along the lines then try lightly scoring the line using a sharp object.
Alternatively you could lay a ruler along the line and then bend the exposed side towards the ruler.

Our Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet) is now starting to take shape.

Step 5: Sticky Tape the Corners Together

Now that the flaps have been bent upwards we have to Sticky Tape them into position.
Wrap the Sticky Tape around the flaps of the box a few times until there firmly held in shape.

The Sticky Tape will also block the gaps where the flaps meet and so retain any moisture when you water your flowers.

All we have left to do now is colour our Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet) and then attach the magnet so that we can stick it to the fridge.

Step 6: Wrap Your Flower Box in Masking Tape

To be able to colour in our flower box we will need to cover it in Masking Tape, this will give us a nice surface to be able to use our coloured pen/pencil.

So take your Masking Tape and wrap it around your flower box a few times just like you did with the Sticky Tape.

Step 7: Colour in Your Flower Box

You should now have a Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet) that is wrapped in Masking Tape. Now (for many people) comes the fun part. You get to add some colour to your flower box; so choose whatever colouring pen/pencil you want and get colouring.

I chose an orange, similar to a flower pot colour.

Step 8: Attach the Magnet

To attach the magnet simply stick it to the outside of your flower box with sticky tape.

If you want to add extra stability to your flower box then you could attach a magnet to the opposing's ends of the flap.

If you are worried that your sticky tape isn't strong enough then stick it on with super glue.
Also, you may find that your magnet isn't strong enough to hold your flower box, in which case you could always use a small Rare-earth magnet.

Step 9: Add a Little Bit of Compost

Now that the flower box is complete, all we have left to do is add the compost and then choose our flowers.

3 tea spoons worth of compost should suffice.

Step 10: Add the Flowers

All thats left to do now is choose what flowers you want in your Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet).

I decided to give my flower box more of a 'forest' look, so chose some nice looking weeds from the garden.

Step 11: Finished! - Stick It to Your Fridge

And there we have it, your old useless credit-card is now a lovely Flower Box Fridge Magnet.
What more could you want on your fridge.

There are obviously loads of other places you can put your Credit-Card Flower Box, so don't feel limited to the fridge.

If you notice any errors or problems with my Instructable then drop me a comment.
Also if you make one of these then post a picture, they'd be great to see.

Any updates to this How-To will appear on my website FlyingTopHat.co.uk.

Step 12: Your Ideas...

After publishing my instructable I started getting people mention some great ideas. So if they don't mind I'd like to share them with you (and give them credit of course).

ejk00 suggested:
Using coloured Duct Tape instead of using the Masking Tape and colouring pen/pencil.

KnittingFreak suggested:
Sticking kiddish stickers or mini photo's of friends/family onto your flower box to add the personal touch to it, and make it look more appealing than just the mild colouring.

Weissensteinburg suggested:
Using two magnets instead of just the one. This will help with stability and stop any chance of it spinning/tipping over.

capricorn suggested:
Growing cooking herbs in it.

Very Keri suggested:
Painting it and then covering it with buttons, rhinestones and/or ribbon. Then growing Basil in it.

crasch48 suggested:
Adding a little polymer from a nappy (diaper) or ladies pad will hold the water longer, thus requiring less watering.

xmariax suggested:
After colouring the masking tape, cover the Flower Box with a little sticky tape.
This helps to give it a glossy, wipe-proof look.

musicalbee2003 suggested:
Using a strip magnet instead of a normal magnet.

stephaniepotter suggested:
Growing plants in it that have very shallow roots, such as aloe, cacti, or mosses.

Comments

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wyethia (author)2015-04-08

Great idea!! Can't wait to try it.

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zahraimen made it! (author)2015-02-27

it is very beautiful, i made it

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marevalo3 (author)2014-07-05

My mother and i made them today cause she had nothing to do and i was excited about this app :) im testing mine out so far

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Kaspr007 (author)2009-02-24

Thanks PocketSized, I just finished making mine. Cheers, Kaspr007

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Etch3 (author)Kaspr0072009-06-25

what plant is that?

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Dragonothe (author)Etch32012-12-02

It's called Fittonia, likes indirect light, don't over water. I kept one on my desk at work for many years.

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Kaspr007 (author)Etch32011-03-05

Not sure. It was a tropical from Home Depot. I'll keep my eyes open. If I see it again I'll grab the name.

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aiden120000 (author)2007-06-10

your british are'nt you?

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PocketSized (author)aiden1200002007-06-10

I certainly am.

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I love British people! Even though I'm a stupid American....=( British people have awesome accents. Do Americans? Or are our accents lame and boring? Just curious to see what the rest of the world thinks of my vocal timbre ;) haha I used a word like that and yes, I am 12 years old. What.

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Never be ashamed of the way you speak. British also have some pretty strange accents. As a fact their grammar is not always up to par. They often say "me has gone to the shop" heard this on a BBC site com. I was brought up in the USA and people here in Europe think that my accent is lovely. There it goes for the nice English one. American people are really the most friendly I have ever met. They're the most helpful and kind beings ever.

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narf7 (author)karinniki2012-05-19

Err you would be talking about Jamaican english there... or Ali G type "English" thats not 'real' english...

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Haha awesome. But honestly, do people pay attention to grammar as much as they used to? It makes me wonder how this world will be in 20 years...

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i <3 british ppl just because Doctor Who ^^

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I agree Britts have awesome accents, but American accents are arguably the most common. Course we have Hollywood so everyone thinks Americans have either "Southern" drawls or "Californian" accents. (Btw, I never knew the word timbre until two years ago. Surprising, since I am a musician in high school!)

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Haha thats true...and also funny. I take private lessons and music theory during the school year on Saturdays for 5 hours...what instrument do you play? I play trumpet and ukulele...=)

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Violin :D Private lessons year round (Fridays, 2 hrs), an ensemble program over the summer and Orchestra during the school year. I don't do much theory except to prepare for the "Certificate of Merit" program (it tests music theory and musicianship. 9/28th chair woot!!

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Wait....Merit? Is that considering Merit School Of Music?

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Uh what?
Certificate of Merit is just what the program is called...its run by the Teacher's Association of Music in CA or something like that...

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YO, i'm british also.

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Mr. Pyro (author)PyroMaster0072011-07-24

1: I wish I had an accent. I am also a stupid boring American.
2: PYROMANIA! it is so FUN yet so DANGEROUS! (burnt my leg today with plastic)

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aiden120000 (author)PocketSized2007-06-10

the stanley knife and the o2 card gave it away

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pmaist (author)aiden1200002007-06-12

He wrote colour too.

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aiden120000 (author)pmaist2007-06-12

oh, yeah, also. i loved this project, really original idea, ive made one and put lavender in it. i put it on my bedside table.(made out of an o2 card!)

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Geoffrito (author)PocketSized2007-06-11

wooo!! go england!!!!

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julialam (author)2012-05-09

What about drainage? should i poke holes in the bottom and put a compartment underneath to catch the water?

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moneyfuskie935 (author)2012-02-02

It looks like that "weed" happens to be edible too- google "chickweed"

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moneyfuskie935 (author)2012-02-02

Keep This Card... LOL

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Eleniel (author)2011-12-22

Very nice idea, I like it a lot- Albeit I have a couple questions before i am game to try it out!

What happens to the moisture when you water this plant, How does it escape or if this credid-card container retains moisture- how does the plants roots not rot?

Thanks :D

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Mauigerbil (author)2011-07-31

This is cool!! I <3 plants!! I will try this sometime...

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Mr. Pyro (author)2011-07-24

This might also make a nice little boat. Excuse me while I find an acceptable card.

=^..^=

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Mr. Pyro (author)2011-07-24

BUT... The 4 corners could make a fantastic ninja star! or the expired card in general, but a mini planter is a much better idea. Plastic cards are great to throw at people. Wait, did I say that? *whistles and walks away*

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theawesomeninja (author)2011-07-02

I was wondering why those plants did't look like "normal" plants...

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guyzo35 (author)2011-06-03

My roommate cooks all the time, and she loves them!

Thanks for the awesome idea!

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justjaveed (author)2011-05-21

Nice one!

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kesparza (author)2011-04-08

Y como se riega la plantita como hago para ponerle el agua, ayuda por favor?

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lowbike1 (author)2011-01-13

I love it, going to make one today

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rainbowlory (author)2011-01-06

how about a magnet on each end???

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90mp11 (author)2011-01-06

Could you use the rare earth magnet and stick it inside of the box, to give a more uniform look to the box and let it stick to the fridge better?

Would busy lizzies be a good choice here?

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puddingpet (author)2011-01-02

You can use a rear earth magnet so it can hold heavier stuff like change

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Sears Card (author)2010-12-30

Nice tutorial
I have tried and it's done almost, a bit changed but it looks cute
thanks

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javajunkie1976 (author)2010-12-25

It's too bad my camera doesn't work or I'd be able to show you the "living refrigerator." I left enough space for the plants to grow and fill in. It's fun watching people who've come over try to figure out where the handle is to open my fridge!!

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BuzzChild (author)2008-06-21

wow really cool i made one and i really liked it, but while i was making it the card snapped ):o is it supposed to snap?

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beehard44 (author)BuzzChild2010-11-09

try to heat the part to be bent a little bit using a lighter or candle

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beehard44 (author)2010-11-09

hmm, what about a monitor top planter?
that would be awesome

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beehard44 (author)2010-11-09

what about the boobytrap you made attached to it to ward off plant destroyers (or people who just say "WTH is that?" then rip it to shreds and throw it down the bin)

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HGUJK117 (author)2010-10-04

nice job! im currently working on it...

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natalie0031 (author)2010-09-01

I love the plants you chose! cute box too.

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h3idi (author)2010-08-18

mmm. i made this at my desk at work and now i want to stealth-steal some of the plants or weeds from one of the outdoor planters. don't think i will, but MAN do i want to.

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Yerboogieman (author)2008-10-04

what kind of plants should be used?